Midwest Psychological Association

The 2018 Annual Meeting of The Midwestern Psychological Association

Division 27: Society for Community Research and Action

Chicago, IL

April 12th-14th2018

Call for Proposals

The Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27) encourages proposals for poster presentations, symposia, and roundtable discussions that will facilitate the exchange of innovative ideas and promote constructive dialogue on topics involving community research and action. Program proposals that emphasize active interaction among presenters, the audience, and community members and that include presenters from different university and community settings are especially encouraged. Proposals by undergraduate and graduate students also are encouraged.

We welcome submissions that involve any area of community research and action, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Contributions to the theory, methods, or practice of community research and action
  • Program development, implementation, dissemination and evaluation
  • Innovations in or reflections on training in community psychology and allied disciplines
  • Examples of interdisciplinary and community collaborations
  • Translation of research on community practice to social action

Program Formats

  • Poster Presentations can include results from individual research papers, descriptions of community-based programs, results from program evaluations, or other community based projects.
  • Symposia offer a forum for discussion and debate of diverse perspectives as they pertain to significant issues in the field. Symposia should include 3 to 4 presentations organized around a common theme, issue or set of questions. Symposia should allow significant time for discussion and audience participation. Inclusion of community members is welcomed but not required.
  • Roundtable Discussions provide a more interactive and less formal forum for dialogue. This format is appropriate for sessions that involve active discussion among panel members and audience members, and sessions in which the presenters' role is to facilitate audience exploration of an issue.

Student Poster Awards

Three monetary poster awards will be given to the top student posters. Top posters will be identified by a panel of judges at the conference based on strength of methodology, relevance to community psychology, and visual presentation of the information on the poster. Indicate poster presentation (student and consider for award) on submission form.

Instructions for Preparing Program Submissions

Proposals should be submitted by October 27th, 2017.

You may direct inquiries to the committee by emailing at: mpascra2018@gmail.com

Please use the following google link to complete submission


The following information must be included in each proposal:

Authors: list names, affiliations, phone numbers, and email addresses for each author in the order of authorship. It is expected that the first author will be the primary presenter. For symposia and roundtables, please also indicate session organizer(s).

Format: poster, symposium, or roundtable. Students submitting posters as first authors and who are interested in being considered for a student poster award should indicate poster presentation (student and consider for award) on submission form.

Title: limited to 10 words

Abstract: limited to 200 words for overview of posters, symposia and roundtable discussions. Symposia proposals and roundtable discussion proposals should include descriptions of each author's contributions.

Short Abstract: 50 word max

Authors will be notified by email regarding acceptance by January 25, 2018.

For more information about the MPA conference (e.g., lodging, fees, eligibility) please visit the

MPA website at: http://midwesternpsych.org.

Thank you and see you in Chicago!

Midwest Regional Coordinators

Amber Kelly
Olya Glantsman
Melissa Ponce- Rodas